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Sponsorship Activation Meets Gamification
Combine geolocation, image recognition and augmented reality technologies with smartphone adoption—31 percent of mobile users have one, according to eMarketer—add in massive gaming participation (183 million Americans report playing a game for an hour per day, according to author Jane McGonigal), and it is no surprise that we are seeing more sponsors use games to activate their sponsorships.
Filed under: digital media, new media, sponsored content, trends, activation
The Seven Essential Functions of Successful Event Apps
My last post shared some great examples of festival and event apps that build audience engagement for both the properties and their sponsors. In reviewing the elements that allow apps to live up to their engagement potential, seven specific functions rise to the top:
Filed under: events, festivals, international, new media, social media, digital media
Great App Ideas for Festivals, Live Events and Their Sponsors
It used to be you grabbed the festival calendar from your free weekly and circled what bands you wanted to see. Now, Web-based applications for smartphones and tablets let you plan, share and update schedules with military precision. Before committing to a stage, you can review a band’s videos, see how many “likes” they have on Facebook and check out which bands they are most similar to in your music library.
Filed under: events, festivals, international, new media, social media, telecommunications, digital media
Adidas’ London 2012 Activation: The Not-so-fine (But Important) Print
In my last post, I praised the multi-dimensional activation program adidas has created around its London 2012 partnership, but mentioned that it’s a shame that there has to be so much legal language as part of the adiStars Web site.
Filed under: contracts, digital media, London 2012, new media, olympics, social media, activation
Microsoft Tells It Like It Is... But Will Others Like It?
“Really?!” No, “REALLY?!” How many times have I heard this in the past year and a half as it relates to the way my little smart phone is permanently glued to my hand? Let’s see… just about every family function I attend, a few times out with my girlfriends, on a handful of dates, hell, even running the Cleveland Half Marathon. I’m the person the new Microsoft Windows Phone 7 ad pokes fun at. And I love it. If you haven’t seen it, take the minute to check it out. It’s well worth it.
Filed under: digital media, entertainment, new media, backlash
How Sponsorship Aided The Launch Of New Pampers Brand
At yesterday’s ANA Brand Innovation Conference: Igniting a Brand Movement presented by The New York Times, Jodi Allen, vice president, North America baby care for The Procter & Gamble Co., told attendees that Pampers’ mini online soap opera, A Parent Is Born, grew out of the insight that everyone talks about when a baby is born, but rarely mentions the fact that with each birth of a baby, two parents are born.
Filed under: digital media, olympics, pro sports, social media, activation
Power to the People: Democratic Sponsorship
If you read my posts often enough, you know I’m constantly waxing poetic about how important integrating the consumer into the sponsorship experience is. So it should be no surprise that upon hearing about Stephen Colbert’s, “Colbert Nation” top sponsorship of the U.S. Speed Skating team (if you haven’t already, check out my colleague Rob Campbell’s blog post here) and FanCar’s unique sponsorship opportunities around Sprint NASCAR cars; that I am ready to hand out two big, fat gold stars for fan integration.
Filed under: digital media, entertainment, new media, selling, sports, activation
Giving New Meaning to Sponsorship's Applications
I love my Google G1 phone and I especially like browsing the Android marketplace for new applications (apps). I know I am not alone in this, especially among iPhone users. Recently, IEG’s Jim Andrews posted a blog item discussing the introduction of the “Countdown to Copenhagen” app from the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid committee, the first bid city to use the technology.
According to Apple, over a billion apps have been downloaded by iPhone and iTouch users. Some of the most popular and entertaining apps are the most inane. I checked out the top paid apps for the iPhone and in the top five are FMyLife Pro and The Moron Test, whose names say it all. My guess is that the novelty of these types of apps will wear off and the ones that stick around are the ones that offer convenience or information.
Filed under: digital media, new media, activation
Sponsorship and the Web
Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about branding and sponsorship on the Web, social networking, Web content, monetizing Web exposure, etc. This was a hot topic during IEG’s annual conference and continues to be top of mind for me.
Generally, sponsor exposure on the Web is part of a larger sponsorship package and how the sponsor is recognized online is an afterthought, something like a sponsor logo next to a bunch of other sponsor logos. This is a mistake; a property’s Web site is often the first point of contact for your audience and where they develop their first impression of your sponsors. The Web provides a direct link to a sponsor’s products or services and in many cases it is the quickest way to a sale for the sponsor. To top it off, it can be measured and the measurement is fairly easy to obtain.
Filed under: digital media, new media, activation
Insights from J. Johan Jervoe, McDonald’s Corp.
In his keynote titled Sponsorship, Screens and Sociology: McDonald’s Ahead of the Curve View of Marketing, Jervoe walked attendees through the quick service restaurant’s groundbreaking The Lost Ring program around its sponsorship of the ’08 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Filed under: digital media, IEG conference, new media, olympics, sports, activation